From staff reports
OCT. 2, 2013 —
Grayson’s 11th annual Funtober Fest will take place this Saturday.
The event is organized by the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses.
Saturday's festivities kick off with the Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. with the announcement of the chili cook-off and pumpkin painting winners.
The FFA Corn Maze at the fairgrounds will be open until 9 p.m.
This year's festival will feature free events for children and adults, as well as fundraisers for local organizations and Relay for Life.
The Scarecrow contest is open to individuals, homemaker clubs, school classrooms, church groups,
businesses, or other fund raising groups.
Entries for the contest are being accepted at the tourism cabin beside City Park on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday until noon. There is no entry fee and prizes up to $100 will be awarded.
Funtober Fest sponsors include Center Stage Studio, First National Bank, Wilhoit Law, Bob Caummisar Attorney, Brown’s Mobile Home, Melini’s Cucina Italian Restaurants, Ramona Salyer State Farm Insurance, Commercial Bank of Grayson, TLC Accounting-Sherry Lincoln, T. LaVerne Lincoln-CPA, Grayson Warehouse Flooring, Horton Bros & Brown Pharmacy, Grayson Sporting Goods, Heavenly Treasures, James Family Outfitters, Robin Webb Attorney, McDonalds, Grayson Tourism Commission, Architectural Planning & Design, Grayson RECC, Layne’s Wholesale, Malone Funeral Home, Grayson Journal-Enquirer, Grayson Sanitation, Printworks and All American Graphics
The center of activity has moved to Veteran’s Park instead of downtown sidewalks.
“This change will allow our businesses to be more accessible for patrons to take advantage of their specials for the day,” said Pat Collier, Chamber coordinator.
She also stated:
“Since Star Elementary School has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School, we felt it only fitting to honor them as our grand marshals for our Pets and People Costume Parade.”
The parade will step off at noon at Lansdowne and Main streets and conclude at Pomeroy Street. Only foot traffic will be permitted in the parade.
Chili teams will represent Commercial Bank of Grayson, Carter Nursing and Rehab, Estep’s Family Restaurant, Danny Meenach-CPA, Hitchins Freewill Baptist Church, First National Bank of Grayson and KY Automotive of Grayson.
“Each year we anticipate just how creative each team decorates their display and the wide variety of the flavor of the chili,” Collier said.
Even the weather is cooperating this year, with a forecast in the upper 70s – low 80s for the day.
The official schedule of the 11th annual Funtoberfest:
7:30 – 11 a.m. Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast at the Senior Citizens Center Hord and Second Street. $5
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. North Hord closed from Main to Second Street; South Hord closed from Main to Wilhoit building
8 a.m. – Noon Senior Citizens bake and craft sales on Hord and Second streets
9 a.m. - Registration for 5K Memory Walk/ Run at the First Church of Christ located at 287 Pomeroy St.
9 a.m. -- Merchant Sidewalk sales begin. Group bake and food sales may begin in designated areas only.
10 a.m. -- 5K Memory Walk/Run begin; DJ and Music begins in Veterans Park (Hord and Main)
10:30 -- 4 p.m. -- Main Street closed from Lansdowne Street to Hord Street only
11 a.m. -- Corn Hole Tournament starts in Justice Center parking lot corner of Hord and Main streets sponsored by Carter County Drug-Free Coalition
11:30 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Free Health Screening by Bellefonte Primary Care Corner of Main and Hord on Dr. Jason McCloud’s parking lot
11:30 -- Opening ceremony begins at Gazebo corner of Main and Hord; honoring Fred Buck; Chili teams begin serving assisted by Relay for Life; Funtober Fest T-shirt sales
11:45 a.m. -- Pets and People Costume Parade lineup at Grayson RECC, 109 Bagby Park with Star Elementary School as Grand Marshals as National Blue Ribbon School winners
Noon -- Parade begins at Bagby Park and Lansdowne Avenue; goes east on Main and ends at Pomeroy Street; Treat bags for kids in parade given at gazebo at end of parade
Noon -- 3 p.m. -- Trick or Treat for kids downtown at participating businesses
12:30 p.m. -- Pumpkin painting, kids games and face painting begins in Veterans Park. Pumpkins provided by Carter County Detention Center inmates and Jailer R. W. Boggs
1:30 p.m. -- Somalia Tribal Dance by KCU students
3 p.m. -- Chili Cook-off trophy winners and Pumpkin Painting Contest winners announced
Noon – 9 p.m. -- Carter County Corn Maze at Carter County Fairgrounds by West and East Carter FFA members.